Screen Gems has released the first trailer for the SLENDER MAN movie, a horror adaptation of the famous internet horror legend, aka “creepypasta”. Sylvian White (THE LOSERS) directs the film with a screenplay by David Birke (ELLE), which takes place in a small Massachusetts town where four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the Slender Man myth. But when one of the girls goes missing, they begin to suspect Slender Man might just in fact be real.
This trailer offers up a sufficiently creepy vision for this story, but the film is put in a different light when an actual attempted murder was carried out in the name of Slender Man. Two 12-year-old girls lured their friend into the woods and tried to stab her to death, claiming afterwards that Slender Man told them to do it. It’s an incredibly sad case that happened in Wisconsin in 2014. Hopefully this film will be respectful of that incident and it will highlight the very real consequences of violence despite fictional origins.
Screen Gems is certainly high on the film’s prospects, as they’ve staked out a May 18th release date for the film. That’s just one week before SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, but after horror’s banner year in 2017, why not be bullish? IT is certainly no fluke. SLENDER MAN stars Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, and Javier Botet.